Tony Perkins' Washington Update
Family Research Council
One Republican who isn't afraid to speak his mind? Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), who took to the House floor yesterday to condemn the actions of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) in misdirecting law enforcers from the real culprits in the murders of local Texas officials. The Obama administration, Rep. Gohmert explained, has helped give SPLC a special level of "credibility, when they do not deserve credibility, because of the pain and suffering the organization caused." He devoted his time on the floor to educating America on the real agenda of SPLC, which is to fear-monger its way into people's wallets and raise money on claims that have no root in reality.
"It was the Southern Poverty Law Center," Louie told the C-SPAN audience, "that claimed Family Research Council was a 'hate group, stirred up animosity against them that eventually played a role, as we found out later, [in the shooting at their headquarters]. No one wanted to jump to conclusions, but it was very clear that their branding the Family Research Council as being hateful simply because they held religious beliefs protected by a Constitution that marriage is between a man and a woman, the Southern Poverty Law Center stirred up animosity, and rage... And on the fateful day, not so long ago, a gunman came to the Family Research Council with a bunch of Chick-fil-A sandwiches and a gun and--but for the valiant work of the man that stopped him and got shot in the process--there could well have been 15 dead Family Research Council employees with 15 Chick-fil-A sandwiches beside them."